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Doctor insights on: Does Being Overweight Delay Puberty

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Dr. Lisa Saponaro
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Overweight (Definition)

Nearly two-thirds of the United States population is overweight. There are many ways to determine if a person is overweight, but experts believe that a person's body mass index (BMI) is the best way to assess an adult's weight in relation to their height. * A BMI between 18.5 and 24.9 is considered normal. * Adults with a BMI between 25 and 29.9 are considered overweight. There are exceptions. For example, an athlete may have a higher BMI but not be overweight. * Adults with a BMI greater than 30 are considered obese. * Adults with a BMI greater than or equal to 40 are considered extremely obese. * Anyone more than 100 pounds overweight is considered morbidly obese. A person with a high BMI may have a normal amount of body fat is they have ...Read more


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Is it possible to purposefully delay puberty?

Is it possible to purposefully delay puberty?

Yes but: Not recommended unless puberty is starting precociously or caring for a transgendered child. ...Read more

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How to delay puberty in girls naturally?

Can't: No healthy way to do naturally. If extremely early ("precocious puberty") is done pharmaceutically. ...Read more

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Can puberty be delayed by not doing exercise?

Can puberty be delayed by not doing exercise?

Puberty: Exercise or no exercise should not affect the onset of puberty. There is a pretty wide range of when you can start puberty. Boys tend to start puberty later than girls. Feel free to post with more questions if that did not clear up your concerns. ...Read more

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If i ' m overweight all through puberty and still am overweight can my penis not grow as big ?

If i ' m overweight all through puberty and still am overweight can my penis not grow as big
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Well...: It's not that your penis won't grow as big, but often having surrounding fat will give it the appearence of being smaller. Secondly, having excess body fat causes your testosterone not to work as well, making erections more difficult. My friend John LaPuma has written an excellent book on this subject! http://www.amazon.com/dp/077043746X/?_encoding=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&linkCode=ur2&tag=chefclinic ...Read more

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What are solutions for delayed puberty?

What are solutions for delayed puberty?

It depends: Girls 13 + or boys 14+ who do not yet have breast or testicular enlargement have delayed puberty. Most often these kids are just late bloomers. Treatment depends on factors like, underlying illness, underweight, family history, psychosocial issues for the child given the delay. If we need to jump start the process, girls receive small doses of estrogen and boys get tesosterone for a limited time. ...Read more

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What are the effects of delayed puberty?

What are the effects of delayed puberty?

Delayed puberty: Really no bad effects. People with delayed puberty are taller than rest of us because growth plates close late too. That's it! ...Read more

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Can being overweight stunt growth before puberty?

Can being overweight stunt growth before puberty?

No: To the contrary to the general belief, linear growth of overweight children is generally enhanced. ...Read more

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Is it true that overweight children are likely to experience puberty later than their underweight peers?

Is it true that overweight children are likely to experience puberty later than their underweight peers?

Quite the opposite: Children who are overweight and and or obese are often early bloomers and go through puberty earlier than their normal weight peers. Some of the signals that lead to the start of puberty are tied to body weight, in particular a body weight or amount of body fat that signals the brain that the child is of an age when puberty should start. Some, but not all children who are underweight will have delayed growth and puberty. ...Read more

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Why does delayed puberty occur?

Many reasons: Delayed pubertal development can be caused by many things. A child can merely be a late bloomer, he or she can have an underlying chronic illness that delays pubertal development, there can be a defect in production of pubertal hormones or a resistance to these hormones or there can be an underlying genetic disorder that is associated with pubertal delay. This is not a comprehensive list however. ...Read more

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Dr. Vered Lewy-Weiss
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Puberty (Definition)

Puberty is the normal condition in which a humans physically change from child to a teenage pre-adult who is able to reproduce (become fertile, able to have children). Pubertal development is divided into 5 stages by appearance (Tanner stages). Adolescence is time when puberty occurs, and includes ...Read more